Lilburn man charged in hit-and-run death of mother, child - CBS46 News

Lilburn man charged in hit-and-run death of mother, child

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Spencer Todd Prigmore Spencer Todd Prigmore
Melissa Paola Cervantes Melissa Paola Cervantes

A man was arrested after police said he struck and killed a woman and child in Lilburn Thursday evening.

Lilburn police Captain Thomas Bardugon said Spencer Todd Prigmore, 43, attempted to pass another vehicle at Harbins Road and U.S. 29 just before 7 p.m., when he appeared to have jumped the curb onto the sidewalk, where Maria Cervantes-Maldonado, 36, and her daughter, Melissa Paola Cervantes, 6, were walking.

"They were both standing on the sidewalk side by side when they were struck. The vehicle was in the far left lane, changed to the right lane, continued over a street sign, up on the curb, struck the pair, got back on the street and continued southbound," said Bardugon.

Witnesses to the accident chased after Prigmore and managed to wave him down and get him to pull over about a quarter of a mile away from the site of the accident

"Somehow or another they convinced him to pull over. There wasn't a high-speed chase, he didn't ram the vehicle or anything like that," said Bardugon.

Prigmore had a passenger, who is in her 20s, with him at the time. She was taken to her mother's house and released to her mother's care without any charges filed against her, according to police.

Prigmore refused to submit to a test of his blood, urine or other bodily fluids for the purpose of determining if he was under the influence of any drugs at the time of the accident. Investigators obtained a search warrant for his blood so that it could be submitted to the GBI Crime Lab for testing.

Prigmore was charged with reckless driving, DUI, two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide and failure to report an accident.

Prigmore's mother told CBS Atlanta's Tony McNary that she is concerned about her son.

"What can I say? That's my son and I don't know what's going to happen to him," said Kelli Prigmore.

Eranti Rubio, 11, is friends with Melissa. Eranti said she found out what happened Friday morning.

"This morning her aunt called my mom and she told her what happened. My mom couldn't believe it. She started crying and when she told me I started crying," said Eranti.

Eranti said she will miss playing tag and hide-and-seek with Melissa.

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